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Blog series by jeth updated 10-18-2011 05:18 AM 3 parts 5279 reads 1 comment total

Part 1: Getting Started...

10-17-2011 12:06 AM by jeth | 1 comment »

Having spent the last couple of months getting the workshop sorted and installing new equipment my next big need is some form of dust collection and/or control. Unfortunately the process has left me flat broke , really :( … So the other day I was pondering a future solution and wondering how I would cope till I could afford one and I decided to just get something together with what I’ve got for now. I already had a Ridgid shopvac and I had read online about the Thien separator c...

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Part 2: Bits in the Middle..

10-18-2011 05:02 AM by jeth | 0 comments »

Ok, so I got the top section sorted in Pt.1 now on with the separator chamber itself… -I knew I wanted a rectangular side inlet and had worked out the size and aspect ratio so I proceeded to cut the inlet hole (Forstner bit and chisel) and drop slot (Router) into the outer/lower bucket. The idea here is to make the airstream entering the chamber hug the outside wall to help induce the vortex action which separates material from the air. This effect is increased by making the area close...

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Part 3: Suck it and See...

10-18-2011 05:18 AM by jeth | 0 comments »

Now on to the inner/upper 5 gallon bucket which will serve as the secondary container between the separator outlet and the vac fan/motor assembly and also form the roof of the separator chamber. It will sit about 3 ½” above the baffle formed in the base of the blue bucket. I cut the hole for the exit tube with the largest hole saw I had which was almost big enough, then some emery cloth wrapped round a fat dowel to open it up to a tight fit around the tube.You can see the bottom is n...

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